Do not fake your location in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is a location-based game, where you have to go to a physical location in the real world in order to accomplish a task and do better in the game. Or is it? Pokemon Go forums are lousy with super secret ways to fake your location in the game so you can more easily get the things you want. Here's the thing, though. The folks that make Pokemon Go have been doing this for a while, and if you follow this one weird trick to score all the Pokemon without leaving your home, you're account is going to be banned in a hurry.

Please trust that it is a lot more fun to get out in the world to play this game.

Niantic, the folks behind Pokemon Go, have been doing location-based gaming for a while now. Their first effort, Ingress, had a serious problem in the early days with folks who thought spoofing their location was a good idea. It caused a lot of problems in the game, so Niantic took some time to make sure there were tools in place to stop people from faking their location.

It's not a perfect system, and there are still people who claim to be very careful about their faked locations in order to get away with this sort of thing. But for every person you find who figured out the ultra-secret method for cheating in Ingress and Pokemon Go, you'll find at least five people who tried to replicate those techniques and got themselves banned. Please trust that it is a lot more fun to get out in the world to play this game. You'll be way happier with the end result!

Russell Holly

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

  • Please trust that it's a lot more fun to go out in the world and actually experience the world and exercise and maybe lose some of that excess weight you lug around everyday in the process. You'll be way happier with the end result. Posted via the Android Central App
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  • Who's hating? Just simply starting facts...fat people needing a stupid vr game to get them outside and moving around are gonna stay fat. Simple. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Unless of course you get hit by a bus while you blunder around looking at your screen.....
  • Your comment doesn't make sense in relation to my comment. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Android central should be renamed to Pokemon Central it seems. Every other post is about it and couldn't play it I wanted to. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or , they could create another site, like the VR site for all things mobile gaming!!! just a suggestion!
  • I like that idea very much.
  • If your phone doesn't support it, download the APK from APKMirrors. It works perfectly from there. If you don't like the Pokemon GO articles, then why are you still clicking on them?
  • if niantic treats it anything like ingress, no one cheating will actually get banned, just you if you try.
  • I just don't like how where I live, there is nothing around me. I commute 10 miles to work and pass 1 pokestop. Yet people in major cities post screenshots where there is one every corner. I'm currently out of pokeballs and there isn't anywhere near me to get them. Hardly seems fair to me.
  • You better fake your location if you're playing this kids' game. No need to broadcast to the Pokemon world you're in your momma's basement.
  • If you don't like these Pokemon articles, WHY ARE YOU CLICKING ON THEM? This should only take common sense, guys.
  • As some guy on the internet, I just wanted to say that you're right - faking location really does make the game less fun. Still, there are some really good reasons to do it. - To stay safe & still get the dangerous spots.
    - To let disabled people enjoy the game. The goal is really to push for better detection of real cheaters while letting everyone enjoy the game. This will let you fake it on iOS.
  • I 100% agree with you. You deserve a Cookie, sir.